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June 1, 2016

It’s Harriet Tubman Day!

Happy Harriet Tubman Day! It is incredibly appropriate that this commemoration of the anniversary of Tubman’s death happens in March, during Women’s History Month, because Harriet Tubman is one of the most formidable female figures in American history.

Harriet was born into slavery in Bucktown, Maryland. As a young woman, she escaped slavery by fleeing to the North and set up a new life for herself as a free woman in Philadelphia. However, despite enormous risks, she returned to the South many times to rescue slaves and bring them to freedom. Tubman guided people north using secret trails and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She made 19 trips in total—risking her own life and her own freedom each time.

One of my favorite children’s books about Harriet Tubman is from the I Am series, I Am Harriet Tubman. This biography of Tubman’s life emphasizes her strong sense of morality and strength of character, even as a child. The book also highlights Tubman’s contributions as a spy and nurse for the North during the American Civil War. It’s a thorough biography that pays proper tribute to Tubman as the heroine she truly was.

Check out a whole pack of the I Am series that celebrates not only Tubman’s life but the lives of other female historical figures such as Cleopatra, Helen Keller, and Sacagawea.

Which female historical figures are you excited to learn about this March? Let us know in the comments section below.


About the Author: Rebecca Yoshor is a merchandising assistant at Scholastic. Likes include cappuccinos, anything and everything YA, and beautifully illustrated picture books. Dislikes include cold weather and video games.

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